AMN is honored to partner with Hebrew SeniorLife (HSL) and its Board of Directors in the recruitment of a new President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). A national executive search is underway, as Lou Woolf, the current President and CEO, plans to retire in the summer of 2023 after 14 years with HSL. The HSL, CEO role is an exceptional opportunity for an accomplished, forward-thinking, collaborative, growth-oriented executive to join an outstanding organization at a key time in its history, and to impact the future of this vibrant healthcare and senior living organization and the communities it serves. The future HSL CEO will have the benefit of building upon a remarkable organizational culture, regularly recognized as one of Boston’s Top Places to Work, coupled with a committed leadership team, highly engaged staff, an active and supportive Board, and an extraordinary reputation.
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the President and CEO is the organization’s leader and is responsible for setting direction and ensuring that the organization’s activities contribute to the optimal fulfillment of HSL’s mission. The CEO provides leadership, internally and externally, and is responsible for implementing the strategic vision which is established by the CEO, senior leadership team and the Board. Ultimately the CEO is accountable for the HSL’s overall performance and for ensuring that all organizational and financial goals and objectives are met. Externally, the CEO serves as an ambassador/influencer for HSL. He/she creates alliances and interacts with key stakeholders, including the donor community, government officials and political leaders, the media and other opinion leaders, as well as volunteers, community leaders and other healthcare and housing provider organizations. Through communication, cultivation and collaboration with these parties, the CEO will further HSL’s brand recognition and expand the reputation of the organization in the community. The CEO will participate in forums to help influence and develop public policies and legislation in support of HSL’s mission. Internally, the CEO leads, motivates, and empowers the senior leadership team to translate HSL’s vision and strategic direction into action, so as to ensure excellence and financial strength. The CEO helps create the standard for the entire field of aging in delivering care and services to its senior residents, patients, and their families. The CEO also has the highest level of accountability for creating a culture of service, respect, and excellence among employees at each of HSL’s entities, one that always asks “what matters most” to those they serve and inspires them to create a living environment that provides residents, patients, and members the highest possible quality of life, and a work environment that promotes industry-leading employee engagement. He/she will be charged with ensuring viable, progressive, and effective operations that ultimately fulfill HLS’s mission and objectives. The CEO holds ultimate accountability for all philanthropic activity and oversees development strategies and the achievement of short and long-term philanthropic goals and objectives.
The Ideal Candidate:
Undergraduate degree in a relevant field is required. An advanced degree is strongly preferred (i.e., Master’s in Health Administration, Business Administration, or a related field; PhD; MD).
Candidates with clinical backgrounds who also possess strong and proven administrative, operational, and financial leadership experience will also be considered.
An accomplished executive with a minimum of ten years of senior leadership experience, most likely within a healthcare provider organization / health system (i.e., acute care, post-acute care, long term care, LTAC).
Must have a successful track record leading complex and diverse organizations; senior leadership experience in multi-site and matrix organizations is strongly preferred.
Must have the ability to partner with a non-profit Board, including assisting with the development of an updated strategic plan based on community needs.
Prior experience in an academic medical and / or research setting is highly desirable.
Experience partnering with a diverse workforce is required.
Candidates from either for-profit or non-profit environments are encouraged to apply.
Ability to understand and manage diverse business lines.
Experience with affordable housing is not required, but is desirable given HSL’s service lines.
Hebrew SeniorLife (HSL) is a nationally recognized leader in compassionate, innovative, high quality senior services and generates $248M in revenue. The vision of HSL is to redefine the experience of aging: by reimaging senior living, redefining senior health care, and rediscovering every senior’s potential through teaching and research. This Harvard Medical School-affiliated, non-profit, mission-driven organization was founded in 1903 in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston in the spirit of the Jewish tradition to honor elders and care for the most vulnerable. Since then, HSL has evolved and grown to meet the changing needs and expectations of seniors and their families, offering a breadth of services to seniors of all religions, cultures, races, socioeconomic backgrounds, sexual orientations, and gender expressions. Through HSL’s continuum of health care and senior living services, HSL has established a record of long-term excellence and today serves more than 3,000 seniors in greater Boston every day. HSL impacts the lives and futures of seniors well beyond greater Boston, nationally and internationally. HSL’s innovative programs in areas such as wellness and chaplaincy have been a model for senior services organizations across the U.S. HSL’s training programs prepare tomorrow’s clinicians – geriatricians, psychologists, therapists, and more- to meet the specialized health care needs of seniors, supporting a critical provider pipeline for the future as our population ages. HSL’s research programs support discovery to impact the future for senior health and quality of life around the world.
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